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Publisher:  Red Engine Press ISBN-10:  0978515870 Type: 
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168

Copyright:  2007 ISBN-13:  9780978515874
Non-Fiction

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How To Do It Frugally (For Both Readers and Writers!)

Your editing starts with the first query letter or proposal you send out. The things no one told you in high school or college can keep your manuscript or submission from being read.

The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success
 

ISBN: 9780978515874.          Publisher: Red Engine Press
 

 
 

There are gremlins out there determined to keep your work from being published, your book from being promoted. They—resolved to embarrass you before the gatekeepers who can turn the key of success for you — lurk in your subconscious and the depths of your computer programs. Whether you are a new or experienced author, THE FRUGAL EDITOR will help you put your best book forward, will help you present whistle-clean copy (whether it's a one-page cover letter or your entire manuscript) to those who have the power to say "Yea" or "Nay."  And the new second edition is updated, expanded and reformatted for Kindle at http://budurl.com/FrugalEditorKindle.

Reina Santana reviewed the  Frugal Editor for ReaderReviews. It is also posted at http://irenewatson.typepad.com/readerviews/ where you can comment.



 
 
 
 
 

Excerpt
FROM THE FRONTMATTER:

Why This Book Is Part of the How to Do It Frugally Series

1. I know that no matter how I scold, there will be authors who will not hire an editor because they, too, are frugal or because they are so confident of their own skills they deem such a service unnecessary (a danger sign, by the way).

2. I know some authors will hire under-qualified editors and will be unable to discern the difference between an editor and a typo hunter. If--as you read this book--you come to this realization, you may need to start over with another, more capable editor.

3. After reviewing edits made on my books by fine editors, I learned that no matter how skilled an editor, the author needs to know a lot about the process, too.

4. I know that the cleaner the copy you hand over to your editor, the more accurate she can be. It may also cost you less in terms of her time and the money she charges you for that time.



Professional Reviews

For Those Who Think They Know About Editing
The Frugal Editor: Put your best book forward to avoid humiliation and ensure success (Perfect Paperback)
by Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Reviewed by Frances Lynn, www.franceslynn.com

I used to think I knew everything about grammar until I read "The Frugal Editor". If I'd read Carolyn Howard-Johnson's new book (her previous one was the invaluable "The Frugal book Promoter") before I edited the manuscripts of my novels, it would have saved me a lot of time and anguish.
If I had read this tome before attempting to edit my last manuscript before submission, I would have avoided making several glaring hyphenation mistakes, which Carolyn writes about in depth. 'Quick test for Hyphenating double adjectives,' she headlines. Similar to a lot of the topics in her book, her helpful text is backed up by a relevant link for further in-depth details.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson stresses that "The Frugal Editor" doesn't focus on the craft of writing or revision. She assumes that all authors have done revision before they edit their books.
'A good editor will help a writer to find her voice, remain true to it and still move the manuscript from a tough rock to a polished gemstone,' she says.
She even gives practical advice on how to find a good editor, like asking professors in the writing department at one's local university to recommend a good one. And to always ask for references in order to avoid charlatans.
I thought it was particularly interesting that Carolyn edits every document as if it were a manuscript. She stresses it's imperative to carefully edit query letters, cover letters and book proposals. It makes sense as these documents are sent to agents and publishers.
For writers who are confident they know everything about grammar, the book also acts as a useful grammatical refresher course. Howard-Johnson is practical and advises authors not to lose any sleep if a writer doesn't spot a typo or a grammatical mistake. Even experienced writers make glaring grammatical mistakes, so Carolyn gives practical and humorous advice on how to search for 'gremlins', especially adverbs in one's manuscript.
'You may have wondered why in the world-of-writing I would want to search for adverbs, which we all know are perfectly good parts of speech used frequently by the most scholarly among us.
They're ugly, that's why. They're often redundant. They cloak weak verbs. In fact, they are probably first cousins to the gremlin you usually want them out of there. The good news: You can use your Find Function to root them out.'
Carolyn explains each grammatical point in explicit detail. She is also a humorous writer which makes her advice seem entertaining. For instance, she talks about 'gremlins' as 'very clever guys bent on a writer's destruction.' Her nonfiction prose is full of gems like, 'editing your adverbs is like mining metaphor gold. Death to Gerunds, Participles and Other Ugly ings, Gerund ings can keep you from laughing all the way to the bank and Participle ings are not a gerund's twin.'
'I want you to learn from this book,' she says, 'but I'd also like you to enjoy the editing challenge.'
She gives useful tips on Revision, Editing, Line Editing and Proof reading and insists that your editing will go more smoothly if you've thoroughly revised your manuscript first. Her invaluable book is about making the editing process easier and gives innovative tips on how use both manual and electronic techniques (like the Find Function) for eliminating errors.
She also advises the reader to get useful reference books like "The Chicago Manual of Style", and "Garner's Modern American Usage" (Hardcover).
"The Frugal Editor: Put your best book forward to avoid humiliation and ensure success" is worth buying alone for the numerous links, especially those of the literary agents who 'care enough' to comment on the submitting process.
This is an invaluable book for writers, aided by a comprehensive Appendix to help the reader focus on vital information like battling those dreaded gremlins!
Authors will do themselves a disservice if they don't have Carolyn Howard-Johnson's bible within reaching distance of their desks. If nothing else, it will (re)educate them about the English language.
Copyright: Frances Lynn, 2007



By Charlene Lyons for Writers and Readers Network
Review of: The Frugal Editor
Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure
Success. By: Carolyn Howard-Johnson
publisher@RedEnginePress.com
ISBN: 978-0-9785158-7-4
Available for preorder at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0978515870/

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of "The Frugal Book Promoter: How
to do What Your Publisher Won’t," adds another generous offering to the
Frugal series, a professionals guide to professional manuscript
presentation in her new book, "The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book
Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success."

No matter how much we study and learn, no matter how proficient,
knowledgeable, and skilled we become with language, grammar,
punctuation, and spelling, Carolyn tells us little gremlins are
always chipping away at our work. And they are sneaky. They hide
the little chips and holes and errors from our creative sight so we see
only the intended message on the page.

With simple words and easy step-by-step sidebar instruction boxes
"The Frugal Editor" zooms in on all those tricky little problems "gremlins"
that haunt every writer, and teaches you the tools and steps to hunt
down and eradicate them. You'll discover you can tame that risky, frisky
spell and grammar check word editor on your computer, so it actually
works for you, and how to effectively use your word program's tools
to ensure proper formatting. And more. Beginner or master will find
helpful tips and information for professional presentation in "The Frugal
Editor."

Every writer, no matter their skill level dreads that four letter word: Edit.
Every writer is haunted by gremlins. Arm yourself with Carolyn
Howard-Johnson's "The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward
to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success." for a frugal, successful hunt
and an acceptance feast when editors and publishers feast their eyes
on your polished work.

Charlene Austin
www.writersandreadersnetwork.com
Charlene writes fiction under the pen name Carrie Lynn Lyons
She is the author of several short stories and her novel, book one of the
Carnival Soul Trilogy: "Dream Pictures" is available from
Mundania Press.
visit her at www.carrielynnlyons.com


How To Beat the 60 Million Writer Race
THE FRUGAL EDITOR,
Put your best book forward to avoid humiliation and ensure success.
by Carolyn Howard-Johnson
ISBN 978-0-97851-7-4
Red Engine Press
Reviewed by Billie A Williams, editor of Word_Mage

In this day an age, when according to some studies, over 81 percent of Americans feel they should write a book and more than six million of them actually have at least written the manuscripts. What are your chances of getting published when that is just over two percent of the population? Most of these manuscripts however, are doomed to failure because they don’t understand the intricacies of polishing (read that as editing) their manuscripts before sending them out, and/or hiring an editor to give it the final tweak before they send them off.

According to a recent article by Robert McCrum in The Observer and I quote,
“…according to the New York Times, there's a new book published in the United States every half an hour, and - wait for it - that's just fiction. RR Bowker, the company that compiles the Books in Print database in the USA, has calculated that no fewer than 175,000 new titles were published in 2003. That's one book roughly every 20 seconds.” And as you can imagine that trend has only increased since then. As McCrum says, the new books have the shelf life of yogurt, but that quality will always stand above the rest and will persevere. So how do you bring that quality to your own work?

The Frugal Editor by Carolyn Howard-Johnson is like having an editor in a box, or more correctly, between two covers of a book. Concise down-to-earth advice about how to edit your manuscript before you even begin to think about sending it out into the red pencil world of publishers, where their editors get the first chance to evaluate your hard work.

Frugal Editor is a veritable thesaurus of how to spot the gremlins that can mess up your prose. If edits and editors paralyze you with fear, take heart. Carolyn Howard-Johnson makes the whole process palatable. She intersperses her directives with light hearted humor making the whole process nearly enjoyable.

If there is an error your manuscript could contain, you’ll find the method for search and eradication in this delightful book. You’ll want to read it cover to cover, but then you will keep it by your side as you write, rewrite and edit so you can be frugal when you do decided to hire that editor to give it one last polish before you submit it anywhere. As Howard-Johnson says; “The lesson here for all of us is that attention to detail and craft counts, and that even experienced writers can flub an opportunity if they don’t pay attention to the last great step toward publishing, a good edit.”

Howard-Johnson explains the difference between and editor and a typo hunter. She also cautions that “…no matter how skilled an editor is, the author needs to know a lot about the process too. The cleaner the copy you hand over to your editor, the more accurate she can be and her edit may cost you less in time and money.” When Howard-Johnson says frugal in her book titles she means it and she goes to great lengths to insure the reader gets her/his money worth by providing resources with links, examples of the often scary Query letter construction, and more. She doesn’t leave the reader high and dry at any point. Further advice or learning is a matter of using the comprehensive index to find the detail you need and then following the advice, link or resource mentioned to guide you in your search for excellence.

The twenty plus pages of appendices is not mere fluff or padding of book length or word count, it is more than a bibliography of recommended reading (though it also contains that). You will find samples and links such as the query letters mentioned above, helpful groups to investigate, grammar helps and books. It’s hard to believe more could be contained in any book on your shelf. Spare no gremlin—search and destroy, polish and perfect before you send out your hard work. This book is the tool to help you do that. I highly recommend this power house of methods and means that will not only enhance your chances of publication, it will help you make any publishing house sit up and take notice – perhaps even pushing your book to the coveted best-seller lists faster than you ever imagined.


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Reader Reviews for "The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward--Winner 3 Awards"

Reviewed by Joyce White 12/29/2008
Carolyn Howard-Johnson's book, The Frugal Editor, reminds me of the old saying, "It takes a village to raise a child." It also takes a village to make us writers look good. A book is not written. It is rewritten, sometimes even with the help of proofreaders and editors like Carolyn. Carolyn is a must-read villager who has devoted many years of her own marketing experience to help writers hone our craft. Do not misread her title. Being frugal isn't the same as being stingy. Carolyn is very generous with her time and talents. Let's face it; Carolyn makes grammar and editing fun. She makes using Microsoft Find & Replace fun. Good editing makes the difference between being published and not being published. What writer doesn't want to be published?

Before we can be published, we have to learn to record sentences already shaped in our heads. To do this we have to have good vocabularies. Having a good vocabulary doesn't mean knowing lots of words. It means being able to choose the right word from the wrong word, which can ultimately humiliate us. Carolyn is a dear friend to all of us who have grammar problems like dangling participles and conflicting noun and verbs. She is also computer-savvy for a novelist, a poet and an editor. Best of all she is approachable, loyal and generous with her HowToDoItFrugally Series of Books for writers. Also, look for her Classified Ads for writers and my book, Sculpting the Heart in her www.HowToDoItFrugally website. In my book, Sculpting the Heart and website www.sculptingtheheart, you will find inspirational poetry, blogging, photography, music and humor. If you are happy, you will enjoy both; if you are not happy, you definitely need them both. Her review of Sculpting the Heart can be found after January 1st, 2009 at www.MyShelf.com. Look us both up! All of us writers can absent mindedly make grammar mistakes like, why shouldn't we be more or less specific? Why should no-one never generalize or use no-double negatives? And why is it when I wind up my watch it starts but when I wind up this review it ends? Here's hoping we all have a prosperous New Year while sculpting our hearts for others! Sincerely yours, Joyce White
Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath 9/16/2007
Congrats to you on your new book Carolyn.
Continued blessings,
~Gwendolyn
Reviewed by Billie Williams 6/5/2007
The Frugal Editor, Put your best book forward to avoid humiliation and ensure success.
by Carolyn Howard-Johnson
ISBN 978-0-97851-7-4
Red Engine Press

In this day an age, when according to some studies, over 81 percent of Americans feel they should write a book and more than six million of them actually have at least written the manuscripts. What are your chances of getting published when that is just over two percent of the population? Most of these manuscripts however, are doomed to failure because they don’t understand the intricacies of polishing (read that as editing) their manuscripts before sending them out, and/or hiring an editor to give it the final tweak before they send them off.

According to a recent article by Robert McCrum in The Observer and I quote,
“according to the New York Times, there's a new book published in the United States every half an hour, and - wait for it - that's just fiction. RR Bowker, the company that compiles the Books in Print database in the USA, has calculated that no fewer than 175,000 new titles were published in 2003. That's one book roughly every 20 seconds.” And as you can imagine that trend has only increased since then. As McCrum says, the new books have the shelf life of yogurt, but that quality will always stand above the rest and will persevere. So how do you bring that quality to your own work?

The Frugal Editor by Carolyn Howard-Johnson is like having an editor in a box, or more correctly, between two covers of a book. Concise down-to-earth advice about how to edit your manuscript before you even begin to think about sending it out into the red pencil world of publishers, where their editors get the first chance to evaluate your hard work.

Frugal Editor is a veritable thesaurus of how to spot the gremlins that can mess up your prose. If edits and editors paralyze you with fear, take heart. Carolyn Howard-Johnson makes the whole process palatable. She intersperses her directives with light hearted humor making the whole process nearly enjoyable.

If there is an error your manuscript could contain, you’ll find the method for search and eradication in this delightful book. You’ll want to read it cover to cover, but then you will keep it by your side as you write, rewrite and edit so you can be frugal when you do decided to hire that editor to give it one last polish before you submit it anywhere. As Howard-Johnson says; “The lesson here for all of us is that attention to detail and craft counts, and that even experienced writers can flub an opportunity if they don’t pay attention to the last great step toward publishing, a good edit.”

Howard-Johnson explains the difference between and editor and a typo hunter. She also cautions that “…no matter how skilled an editor is, the author needs to know a lot about the process too. The cleaner the copy you hand over to your editor, the more accurate she can be and her edit may cost you less in time and money.” When Howard-Johnson says frugal in her book titles she means it and she goes to great lengths to insure the reader gets her/his money worth by providing resources with links, examples of the often scary Query letter construction, and more. She doesn’t leave the reader high and dry at any point. Further advice or learning is a matter of using the comprehensive index to find the detail you need and then following the advice, link or resource mentioned to guide you in your search for excellence.

The twenty plus pages of appendices is not mere fluff or padding of book length or word count, it is more than a bibliography of recommended reading (though it also contains that). You will find samples and links such as the query letters mentioned above, helpful groups to investigate, grammar helps and books. It’s hard to believe more could be contained in any book on your shelf. Spare no gremlin—search and destroy, polish and perfect before you send out your hard work. This book is the tool to help you do that. I highly recommend this power house of methods and means that will not only enhance your chances of publication, it will help you make any publishing house sit up and take notice – perhaps even pushing your book to the coveted best-seller lists faster than you ever imagined.
Reviewed by Frances Lynn 5/8/2007
I think "The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward" should be a school text book. A necessity for English grammar lessons!

(BTW, my correct link is: http://www.franceslynn.org/)

Cheers!

Frances



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